It’s official. “Silent Hills,” the horror game from video game designers Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro that was expected to be released soon, has been canceled.
“Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic ‘Silent Hills’ project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued,” developer studio Konami said in a statement to Kotaku on Monday.
“In terms of Kojima and Del Toro being involved, discussions on future Silent Hill projects are currently underway, and please stay tuned for further announcements.”
Rumors that the game would never be completed began to circulate earlier this year.
On Saturday, del Toro said the game most likely “wasn’t gonna happen” during a panel discussion at the 58th annual San Francisco Film Festival. An attendee tweeted the disappointing news, which went viral on gaming forum NeoGAF.
In late March, it was rumored that “Silent Hills,” the survival horror game for Sony’s PlayStation 4, would never reach the eighth-generation console if game designer Kojima parted ways with Konami. On March 15, an inside source told GameSpot that Kojima Productions, the Japanese video game development studio founded by Kojima, would cut ties with its publisher, Tokyo-based Konami, after “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” was finished.
Growing tension between the two companies led Konami to make major changes regarding its relationship with Kojima Productions, including restricted communication and limited access to emails, phone calls and corporate Internet. A number of Kojima’s employees are now working as contractors at Konami, including Kojima himself.
“Silent Hills” was announced in 2012 and was said to be co-directed by Kojima and film director del Toro. The game also was to star “Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus. “Silent Hills” would have been the first Japanese-developed “Silent Hill” entry since 2004’s “Silent Hill 4: The Room.”
Last August, an interactive teaser for “Silent Hills” reached the PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation network. The trailer was downloaded more than a million times and received positive reviews.